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  • brian: better   do more  research  Poochers
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  • brian: snip·ing /ˈsnīpiNG/ noun 1. the action of shooting at someone from a hiding place, especially accurately and at long range. "sniping assumed great importance during WWI, especially where trench warfare was prevalent" 2. the action of verbally attacking someone in a sly or petty way. "there has been
    May 09, 2019, 11:29:42 am
  • Pooch1: "Sniper" is a noun.  "Snip" is a verb.  Not funny to be unknowing of the difference in how the two words are treated.
    May 09, 2019, 09:03:06 am
  • brian: so military  snipers   just   snip  LOL
    May 08, 2019, 11:22:01 am
  • Pooch1: 3rd graders learn to double a final consonant preceded by a single vowel before adding 'ing.'  Snipping refers to cutting remarks.  A snipe is a bird.
    May 07, 2019, 06:46:46 am
  • brian: its  sniping  not  snipping poocharooni lol
    May 06, 2019, 11:02:33 pm
  • Pooch1: Well said, Oldiesmann.  Perhaps brian can devote his time to other chat rooms instead of constantly snipping at you.
    May 01, 2019, 10:49:02 am
  • Oldiesmann: brian: If/when I find a suitable solution, I will install it here. I run this site in my spare time and do not have an unlimited amount of time to develop/find a proper solution.
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  • brian: wellmycheal  looks  like its not  going to happen--------   doesnt  seem to be  a problem in my 20 years   senior  chatting with other rooms!!!!!
    April 21, 2019, 11:34:37 am
  • mycheal: Chatroom would sure be nice
    April 17, 2019, 08:11:25 pm
  • brian: almost  every  site   on the Net  has a  chat room--------  now  why is  that? I suggest you  go to a room  like [link]   and   ask  them!
    March 18, 2019, 12:24:02 pm
  • Oldiesmann: Finding one that will integrate with the forum system is not easy. If you've got some ideas please send me a PM or email with links and I will investigate further.
    March 17, 2019, 09:12:31 pm
  • brian: chat  systems  are a  dime a   dozen
    March 11, 2019, 11:53:11 pm
  • Oldiesmann: brian: The chat system we used to have on this site stopped working and I haven't found a good replacement. If/when I do I'll put one in again.
    March 10, 2019, 02:00:43 pm
  • brian: no chat  still?must  be  to technical      LOL
    March 09, 2019, 04:20:34 pm
  • joyous: Cold weather has arrived in Louisiana!  It is 30 degrees now at 8:00 A. M.  and prediction is for no higher than 49 today..  Certainly  BAD fir our traditional Mardi-Gras , but it WILL go on.------JOY
    March 05, 2019, 09:00:27 am
  • Oldiesmann: Glad it's working for you again. I didn't actually change anything though so I'm not sure what the issue was
    February 21, 2019, 12:22:09 am
  • junee: Ldoesmaqn:  the problem has been fixed.  Thank you to whoever. THANK YOU
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    February 19, 2019, 07:46:35 pm
  • junee: Getting tired of signing in.  Think I will just have to give this site away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    February 18, 2019, 11:58:23 pm

Soda Shoppe for December 1, 2018

Started by so_P_bubble, December 01, 2018, 12:03:05 am

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Good Jonah yet, but things are progressing nicely and we really should hear very soon that he has arrived....just praying for everything to continue to go as expected.  These first babies tend to take the longest, but as long as the nurse and doctor are happy with the progression we can live with that.  Megan checked in at 8AM as planned.....they started slow with the drug and worked it up slowly. 

We kept busy all day.  I had a eye exam this morning with a new optimologist......I agreed to have the test done that costs extra where they look at the back side of the eye and the optic nerve, so there was no need to dilate my eyes.  The doctor was very pleased with the health of my eyes, being a diabetic, as there is no sign of any damage. I have a slight start of a cataract and there is a minimal sign of macular degeneration. 

Bob had to get a blood test today to see if the meds he is taking for the gout is getting the uric acid levels down enough.  Sadly, yesterday he had a bit of the gout issue in his big toe, so he expects they will increase the amount of the drug....we shall see. 

CAROL, we are going to Paso Robles, CA to see the baby before we drive to Phoenix, so going on 70 is the way to go.  Once we get over the two passes here all should be smooth sailing....the southern route across on 40 has much more potential for bad roads this time of the year. We will be gone before you come home so I will leave strict orders that they have the roads cleared for you and Don. 

JANE, sooo happy the insulation project is done......hope your home feels nice and toasty tonight! 

LARRY, we will make sure we have emergency gear in case it is needed, and I thank you for the caring thought.  Nice Scott could have dinner and a visit with you and Pat last night.  I think our kids are happy when they are able to help do things for us, just as we were happy to do things for them.  The support you get through the Apple Store is nice, and very well would make it worth buying through them. 

SHIRLEY, these Robo calls come from all different numbers as you well know, so even 250 blocked calls may not even be enough!  It sure is annoying, and I am not sure what we can do about them! 

MARYANN, we are still hopeful that Jonah can make his appearance on Norm's Birthday.  He still has 5 hours left in California! 

GLORIA, happy to read you have a new heater to warm your bathroom up so you can be more comfortable after your shower.  I know Megan w8ll be so very happy to hold little Jonah in her arms......that sounds so sweet. 

I wish EVERYFRIEND a good night and I hope to be able to post tonight that our baby boy is here SOON!


I off to Dreamland and I'm hoping to get up and see that a new life has begun in California.  Sleep peacefully and wake to a new tomorrow.  And may God bless us, every one....especially Jonah!

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12/6/2018 9:31 PM PST
8# 8oz

Mama and Jonah are doing wonderful❣️
Daddy is smiling like crazy❣️

Lloyd Hammond

Denver congratulations in your neck of the woods. when ever i get on line I can depend on seeing you and Janes for sure,others as well. I guess I am laze in my old age I do more reading than posting. I am up for a dry mouth and water change , back to bed now. I  did let Skype up date its self and had a good chat with peter this AM @4:10 AM. going to go back now and see if i can catch some more of those ZZZ's Janes talks about we are setting tight until after Christmas then we are going to head for Tampa bay Floridian and see if I can get some sea seashells form under      a pear with live meat in them. to get it out and bole and eat fresh. Have a great day today and a better tomorrow.



Welcome, Jonah! Congratulations to proud parents and thrilled grandparents! Goodness, this is so hard on us old folks.

Lloyd, I know you are champing at the bit (I still disagree that it is spelled that way, a horse chOmps at the bit, but Google disagrees.) to hit the road. Don't know how long it's been since you've been to FL, hope you have located campgrounds on the beach. We found it difficult to get to any water except for those campgrounds. We arrived one year shortly after a "blue moon" that mangled campsites nearest the water, after a high tide. Brought up a lot of shells but pushed over palm trees and pulled the huge cables out of the ground. Interesting but at least half the campground was closed, we were lucky to find an empty site.

Wishing all a Fantastic Friday! (Good morning, Callie   ;) )


Good morning everyone..

Welcome Jonah!!! What a lovely Christmas gift you are to Mom ,Dad and Grandparents too!

Running behind again...the city really tuckers me out and now need to go into town to pick up med and deliver a quilt.

Joy is missing??

Enjoy your day everyone..
I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


I just knew I see that announcement when I got here!  How exciting for all of you!  Makes my arms itch to hold my baby again.  Enjoy every minute of your visit and don't them them take him away from you. They'll have lots of time to play with him after you go home. 


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Hi Everyone. My day is starting out at 34 degrees and will only get into the mid-50's with it remaining mostly cloudy all day.  The only thing on our agenda for today is a morning trip to Costco to stock up and Scott is coming to go with us and help us.  It shouldn't take us very long as our list isn't too long.  Pat and Scott will go to the meat department so Pat can pick out the meat she wants and I will get the frozen items and the item on the grocery shelves.  Over time I have noted what isle to find the various things we repeatedly buy. This avoids me having to go up the same isle repeatedly looking for another item.  Google has a neat little memo program called "Keep" that lets you make lists and when you get the item while shopping you put a little checkmark in the little box and it moves the item out of the active list but is available to use in the future by removing the check mark and so I can annotate the location of the item in the store. 

Yesterday. after I got home from coffee, I did get our large Christmas wreath hung between the two windows in my office facing the street.  I got it last year and we hung it on the door but Pat thought it was too big for the door and it is just right for where it is place now. It is on our front porch so is well protected from the weather.  That is all the outside decorating I will do.  Pat fixed a really delicious baked chicken dish last evening using the boneless chicken breast.  She marked the recipe as a keeper.  I got quite a bit done yesterday and was ready to retire at bedtime and had a good night's sleep.

I know we are all rejoicing with Jenny in the birth of her new grandson.  Jenny, I was happy to see the picture and that sure looks like a healthy Jonas and a proud set of parents. Glad you had a good report on your eyes but sorry to read of the continued problems with the gout that Bob is experiencing.  I was sure you would pack emergency gear but that was something I probably would forget.  I will go to the Apple store to get an iWatch sometime next year. 

Jane, congratulations on getting the insulation in.  You should be all set for the beginning of winter, which appears to be here.  I do remember "Inner Sanctum" on the radio. You are a wise lady to save a few of those gumdrops for yourself. 

Shirley, I don't want to disillusion you but trying to block those scam calls is really a waste of time of effort on your part as they just use a different number and the calls continue.  It would be good if your new phones could recognize the scam calls and prevent them ringing.  I have the same problem with those calls awakening me from my afternoon rest period. 

Radioman, Interesting story of how you became Santa Claus.  I hope you enjoy your brief stent as Santa where you live.  We are never to old to enjoy a visit from Santa and recall when we were children. 

June, at least your confusion on dates spurred you on to get dressed to leave your apartment.  My wife has thought it was Saturday twice this week and one of those times was on Monday. 

Lloyd, glad you got the Skype working and were able to see and talk with Peter.  I thought you and Nancy would be on your way to Florida by now. 

Amy, you sure keep the roads busy with your frequent trips into your town.  Is the town and the city two different locations for you?


Good morning everyone on a sunny but cold morning. Had a light dusting of snow overnight. Odd one half of the parking lot had some snow and the other half had none. Where the sun in how hitting has snow and the half still in shadow has none. A case of it has to end somewhere?

LARRY  like you canned spinach or peas would turn my tummy. So over cooked and the smell. When my Skype updated to a new version a month ago I lost mine and my grandson answered my SOS and came and got it in again. I still don't understand this new one. Supposed to be easier and better. My daughter and I both dislike it. That Squeaking Door was either I love a Mystery or the Inner Sanctum. I do remember you never know what was going to happen, one of those programs that had me sitting on the edge of my seat.

JANE  thanks I could not remember what program that squeaking door started. We listened to so many way back in the "olden days". Glad your insulation done, mow you can stop trying to heat the outside and keep it in.

SHIRLEY  hate to say it but I think I am finally old. I feel the cold this year like I have never felt  it before. When I got into bed as soon as I warmed under the covers I would stick my feet out of the covers, this year I have not done that and I even pull the blankets up to my neck, another new thing for me. If this keeps up pretty soon I will be looking for some of the old granny flannel nightgowns instead of the summer ones I wear all year. I think you should leave that Snow Nut where it is. I don't want my winter buddy with broken bones sliding down the bank into a tree.

DON  hope you get to enjoy being Santa this year at your new home. That would be a great way to meet all your neighbors.

JUNE  I have days when all I want to do is sleep. I will send my CNA home after an hour so I can go lay on the bed and nap. Staying an hour instead of less she she will get paid. I will sleep till my daughter calls me on Skype and I get up and rush in here and that night I can go to bed between 7 & 8 and sleep all night and still not want to get up in the morning.

JENNY  every year when I get my eyes check the doctor dilates my eyes and after that more drops and a machine that looks way back and it's computer records what it sees. Takes the rest of the day for the blur fades and I can see right again. I don't know what he is looking for but he seems happy when he finishes reading the computer printout. Got your email, HOORAY for the wonderful happy couple and their little bundle of joy and happiness. and relief at last. Congratulations to the parents, the wait is over and the oh so anxious grandparents from Denver.
Have a good day.

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Mary Ann

Jenny, I'm happy to hear that Jonah finally made it into the world.  He is a good sized baby.  And he did arrive on Norm's birthday.

Gloria, I  have not reached the point where I am cold yet but that may be due to the fact I'm on the south side of my building so if the wind comes from the north, it has shoved the heat toward the computer room.  Maybe you should get a bed warmer!  Ha!

Tom and I went out for supper last night and I had a tilapia fish sandwich, hot like I like it.  For two days I watched the Bush funeral proceedings and it was interesting but now it is time to get on with other things.

Today I expect to finish putting my Christmas messages in envelopes (#10) so they can be mailed tomorrow.  I put money in the kids' envelopes and I had wanted them to go out earlier, but beggars can't be choosers when it comes to having others help. 

Gloria, before frozen peas, my favorite was little canned peas but no more.  I guess if they went in a casserole, I could stand them.  They used to be a staple in my kitchen.

Mary Ann


Good Friday Morning.

I know I have missed a few days, but I am doing well.  Just some busy days this week. 

Monday, I had a funeral to go to..... Wed, played cards... Wednesday, I did watch most of the funeral for President Bush....  Yesterday in the morning, I watched more of the funeral service from Huston.....then, had a doctor's appt. and didn't get home until after 5..... and was surprised that the funeral was still going on, with the burial at the Bush museum... and then, ate a quick supper and went to play cards again.

I was glad that I got to see the end of the procession to the burial site.  It sure was a long walk through, what looked like a beautiful final resting place.  I am glad that the family finally got to all be together privately.  They all had to be exhausted after 4 days of so much activity. I hope they all had a good, restful evening and night.  It was really a beautiful few days.

Jenny, CONGRATULATIONS ! on the birth of little Jonah.  I know that family are super excited after that long wait.  I hope you will have a good trip to see him and also to see your dad.  Just have a safe trip.

Larry, so glad that you are feeling so much better.  I know you really do everything you can to stay healthy. 

June, I don't think I could eat canned spinach.  I like spinach, uncooked in a salad, and I can eat fresh, cooked spinach once in a while.  The canned type just seems so "mushy".  But, if you like it, that is great. I do know it is good for you. 

Gloria, glad you were able to get nice nap after your CNA left. 

Jane, happy that all your Christmas gift-making is done. I have never heard of home-made gum drops.  Will have to look them up.  Happy that the workman was able to get the insulation job done and you won't have to worry about that anymore before the holidays.

Don, I think it is great  if you will be able to give some cheer to your new friends, if you get to play Santa there. I am sure you will be a "big hit" with the residents. 

My  doctor's appt. went well yesterday. He was pleased with the results of the PET scan and I don't have to go back for 6 months.  So, I don't have to worry about any more doctor's visits until mid-January.  A big relief.

I have done some internet shopping already this morning and made a couple phone calls.  Now, I need to get moving along with my day.

Hope everyone will have a great day.




December 07, 2018, 10:55:45 am #101 Last Edit: December 07, 2018, 10:58:39 am by Joy
I tried to edit my post from above, and I couldn't. So sorry about the size of the message.  Just not sure what I did wrong.

I also wanted to say Good Morning to MaryANn . Amy.  and Lloyd.




December 07, 2018, 11:27:12 am #103 Last Edit: December 07, 2018, 11:46:31 am by CallieOK
Good Morning.

To The New Grandparents and
 :welcome: Jonah!!!!

Weather gurus and news stories all week have been about the Major Winter Storm headed our way for the weekend.  I missed all of the funeral services because I was "out and about" doing some Christmas shopping and laying in supplies.  By the time I got home from each outing, my feet and legs were demanding that I sit down and rest. 

(Dr. Shirley,  feet problems are structural and are one of those things "that can't be cured so must be endured".  Have been meaning to tell you I found "Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts With Lavender" at CVS.   Scent is supposed to help with relaxation.  Haven't tried them yet but am looking forward to a good foot soak when I find that particular Round Tuit!)

The first reports were that today would be icy.  However, last night,the gurus were still saying Saturday will be a Big Snow Day but "don't change your plans for Friday".  So I won't.  ;)

The standing and moving activity will be trying to make half a recipe of the annual Martha Washington candy and maybe a batch of molasses or orange marmalade cookies.
The "sit down" activity will be finishing Christmas cards and the on-line shopping.  Only have two things to do that way.

Wishing Everyfriend Everywhere an Enjoyable day.


Wrapped some gifts this morning after we picked up the meds. Yesterday went well, the young lad at audiology knew just what the problem was and had the hearing aides  fixed in no time!! Next was a bit of shopping then home.... Just got in the door and items almost put away when company came. Had tea and treats and had a great visit, then it was time to start supper.

Larry, the city is about 70 miles and most Dr appointments are there. Town is only a 14 min drive.

Joy, you are busy!!

Jane, so happy to read you have new insulation you will feel a big difference when  the temp drops!

Jane to get your font bigger click on the A with the red line beside it, you will be able to choose the size then.

Gloria,I am finding I too like to grab a cat nap......sometimes sleep is there other times it is just a lay down.

Don, hope you share photos of you in your Santa gear.

We are off to the dump this afternoon then I need to pick up some cards for the kids.

Enjoy your day.

I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers


AMY, I know about the a with the line beside it.  I want to make it bigger where I'm typing so I can see it better as I type.  There's a way to change the whole screen but I forgot how.

Gotta go feed the too!

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Jane, on the right hand bottom corner ,click on that and stretch it.........does that make sense?
I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers

June Drabek

I'm just in to say Goodnight. Got a few things done this morning, made me happy, but after lunch downstairs I fell asleep and napped off and on  all afternoon. Now it is time to grab a bite to eat and back to bed. Hope tomorrow is more lively. Hugs and Prayers. June
As long as we are here, let's dance.


Let me tell you about my day.  :tissue: Started out being so happy that my internet was on & phones working without dropping calls. Then I got an e-mail from Cox explaining about this new nomorobo.. free... supposed to catch the robo calls & not let them ring. Now that was icing on the cake until I got on the chat line with someone going to walk me through how to change my settings, absolutely NO extra on the bill or anything. Only my profile/settings/ doesn't think I have a right to change those settings because I am NOT the primary user. After taking the death certificate to their office here & jumping through hoops to have it switched to my name (even though when I set up this account Cas didn't even use a computer, but back 30 years ago everything had to be in the husband's name & Social Security number.  >:(  Anyway, I noticed over the years when I send e-mail from that account it still shows his name, that's okay, the house still has his name on the title but I pay the taxes. After several other people with Cox tried to fix my problem I finally reached a lady that actually lives here in Wichita! She was sympathetic & checked with her supervisor about what to do.  Supervisor said she will fill out a form to change to my name but probably won't be effective until Monday. How about them apples since it has been checks in MY handwriting for 30 years that paid the bills. In the meantime I've had one robo call after another all day, same one twice in less than an hour. 

About noon I remembered that the frig "smelled" last night, not super bad smell, but decided cleaning it out was a must do today. As I started cleaning off a shelf I realized the food wasn't as cold as it should be.... kept digging & then opened the freezer side & everything was totally melted, didn't even have water or cubes in the ice maker! My packages of solidly frozen Steamer veggies were squishy, not a trace of ice in them. Panic time. Unit is at most 10 years old, can't find the manual with bill of sale stapled to it, all those things in one packet in one drawer but I needed the space so moved it. I needed to know how to turn it off, to check for fixes, etc... 

I started looking online as soon as I got out the steel tape to measure since it is built into the cabinets. Pretty sure this is the 3rd since we've been here. For the last 50 years I've pushed to have ice in the door because we were all big ice users & was practical. Ice makers go bad with hard water. This time I'm not going to have an ice maker at all because the cubes taste icky with our water. I use trays in the RV & fill them with bottled water so can drink the water as it melts, can't do that with cubes made from our city water! 

I checked the ceiling in the basement & sure enough, another water spot bigger than the one that was there when we bought the house. We didn't use that room so never bothered to replace the stained panels in the ceiling. BUT, the floor under that frig is the new oak wood so must get it dried as fast as I can, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. Have big black trash bags ready to throw all the food in the freezer & most in the frig away. Some of the meat I will take down to the river for the coyote or whatever is hungry. Nothing stays there more than a few hours so it isn't "wasted". I hauled what could be saved out to the RV, even though the frig wasn't on, the thermometer in it said 40 degrees, I plugged it into garage power & turned the frig/freezer on, even filled some ice cube trays so can have some if I want.

So far I haven't found any place that can deliver a new unit in less than a week. Have one more place to call in the morning. Sad that they have all gone to "central warehouses" and you can't just buy & be delivered that day anymore.  In spite of being bone tired I'm still excited about possibly being able to stop some of the robo calls & so far not a single dropped call or internet drop.  :thumbup: 

So now it's bedtime, I'm drained, bring on the zzzzzzzzzzzzs. Wishing all a good night.


December 07, 2018, 10:48:36 pm #109 Last Edit: December 07, 2018, 10:50:08 pm by Shirley
Gloria, that even hurts my eyes, I used a different font but not Bold.... must pick out a font that is neater.

Amy, I scrolled back & think yours looks neat... which font do you use? Bed, here I come......


Good morning everyone..

Didn't wish to see morning this early but oh well. Need to do laundry and hang it out. Think it will freeze dry with the temp being 0° F Will do the shortbreads again today and peanut butter cookies too.

Shirley, I believe it is Ariel..with the size of 4. Sure don't envy the job ahead of you. Hope the men that deliver will also take your old one with them so you won't have to deal with it.

Time to shake a leg and get at it.

Enjoy your day everyone.
I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails
to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers

Lloyd Hammond

well I still say if it isant broke don't fix it. wish someone that is smart enough to would put S & F back like it was would.the font an where it was was just fine. I have to scrowle through a lot of old news to get to where current is. Shirley might be we both need to get our glasses changed. also that furniture mart in KC KS should have a fridge in stock and they advertise the will deliver and haul the old away.



Good morning everyone, brrrr 15° and windchill of 7°. Time for those woolen geemagotchees for sure.

MARY ANN  I have lost so much weight that  now I have no more blubber to hold the heat  in. Not trying to lose  the weight but I have no more appetite and could go all day without eating and I still would not be hungry. Wish I knew the name of what Lillias and Mare had that  gave them an appetite. Of course I am not very active anymore either. I am on the southwest side of this building. Only can food I buy is tomatoes and sauerkraut, everything else is fresh or frozen.

JOY  you were a very busy lady the past week. Don't know what I would do without my CNA, the one I have now is the best one so far.  I tell her she is spoiling me. My doctor and dentist know I don't like winter appointments so schedule mine between March and November, no more winter ones.

BUBBLE  thank you for the link.

DON  the only thing here we can put out to display is something on our doors like a wreath or spray of artificial pine boughs. Have to have a hook that goes over the top of the door. Nothing pinned on the door.

CALLIE  my daughter sent me an email with a picture of cookies on a rack coo‌ling. Something tells me I will be getting them in the mail next week. Gingersnaps, she know I like the homemade ones and I made them often. Would be shocked now if I don't get them. She is a terrible tease and will hint at things and even if I guess right she will not say anything.

AMY  I seldom fall asleep when I lay on the couch in the afternoon, I do it to rest my back so it does not hurt as much the rest of the day. 

SHIRLEY  I have Cox, too, but have not heard about the nomorerobo  calls thing. Guess I should call and ask about it. Sorry about your fridge and all the wasted food.

Have a good day, keep warm.

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Good morning!  It is a cloudy and chilly morning here with "the Storm" expected tonight.  My fridge, freezer and pantry are all in good shape so we won't go hungry.  David lit the pilot light on the gas logs so we won't be cold if the power goes out.  And, I have no plans to leave the house so we won't be driving.  All seems to be ready.  The weather people don't seem to be able to predict how much snow we will get so it will be "whatever".

A new little face is looking out on our world.  Happy Homecoming, Jonah!  May your life be long, happy, healthy, and full of love.

I haven't made the PB and Chocolate Cracker candy yet but maybe today.  I wasn't feeling full of energy yesterday but did manage to make a big pot of Ham and Bean soup.  So good last night and warmed the innards very nicely.

A bowl of warm oatmeal is calling me so will talk to you all later.


Good morning on this very cold, but sunny morning.

Just stopping by to say Hello !

I am planning on making some butternut squash soup today.  I had some a while back at Panera's Bread place and it was so good. I found a "copy-cat" recipe that I am going to try.  I will share some of it with my sons.

Hopefully, Jenny will have a picture of little Jonah to share with us. I am sure she is anxious to be able to go see him. What a special Christmas gift for all of them.

Good morning to all the special friends who have checked in this morning,,,,,,,,Amy, Lloyd, Gloria and Phyllis and all the others who will show up later.  Phyllis, yes, it does sound like you will be getting some snow.  Thankfully, it looks like it will stay south of my area, here in Maryland.  I am not ready for snow yet.

I will try to check back later in the day.

Enjoy the day.




Good Morning Everyfriend!  I see that I neglected to stop by and say "Goodnight" last night.  I was really tired when I came home from work and I had left some unfinished jobs to do.  When I finished up, it was time to feed the doggies and me and then I just blanked out.  I woke up around 8 got involved with packing my boxes for Texas and Oklahoma and then went to bed. 

I slept well and I feel much better this morning.  I'm going to go with my daughter to the "Strip" where there are a lot of stores and an enclosed mall and a strip mall.  I hope to be able to finish my Christmas shopping.  I'm afraid that's an idle hope but you know the saying....Hope springs eternal....  I'know, it doesn't fit here but humor me.

SHIRLEY, I am so sorry to hear about your fridge!  What a catastrophe.  If you lived around here, you would already have a new fridge installed.  I know this guy who sells them and he says, a bad fridge or freezer comes first before anything else.  And he removes the old one.  By the way, he's rather closely related to me!  He's my son and that's his busness!

JOY, I think I have that soup recipe copied, too but I'm not going to try it before Christmas.  I'm eating out of jars and boxes until I get ready for Christmas.  But it sure does sound good.  Let me know how you like it after you try it.  And, PLEASE, keep the snow away from here.  We had a dusting overnight Thursday night and it was still laying on the roads when I went to work on Friday.  The list of weather conditions when I prefer NOT to drive is getting longer and longer!  I wonder how long it will be until they all run together?

I hope you all have a good day.  Grab it and make it your own. 

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Hi Everyone.  The rain has set in for a couple of days with a 100% guarantee for this afternoon and evening.  As of now I plan on just staying home today and take care of somethings here in my office, listening to Christmas music, and then this afternoon take it easy.  Scott did take us over to Costco yesterday morning and we set a new record for spending the most money on groceries at one time ever but we are now well stocked.  Unfortunately I forgot to put the curtains we have to return in the car so will have to make another quick trip over there to return them next week.  There are plenty of college basketball games on TV to watch this afternoon.

Gloria, when I was growing up and listening to the radio I don't think we have many stations to choose from so pretty much had to listen to one of a few stations. Evenings generally were the only time we listened as on the farm there wasn't time during the day unless mother was ironing.  I do remember listening to Don McNeil's Breakfast Club and Arthur Godfrey.  I have had to add a couple more layers of a warm blanket across my legs when I am in bed or my legs won't get warm.  Have you tried any of the nutritional drinks like Boost? 

Joy, it sounds like you had all of the activities this week that you wanted.  I appreciated the fact that the Bush family finally had a private time to say their goodbye's as everything else had been so public and that gave them private time to let go of their emotions.  I was thinking that George W. is now the patriarch of the family.  Glad your doctor's appointment went well and it is always good to hear to come back in six months.  I had thought I was through with doctor appointments for the rest of the year and then had to go last week and he wants to see me in 2 months rather than 6 so after the first of the year the appointments start again. 

Bubble, thank for posting that cute pictures for Don. 

Callie, I hope you don't get snowed under this weekend but glad you are stocked up and won't have to get out until things are clear again.

Amy, your trips to the city would be daunting especially during the winter months.  We were fortunate to have a decent sized town only about 6 miles from where we lived on the farm as I was growing up.  Here we live about 10 minutes or so from our little downtown area or the Augusta, Georgia area is just a couple of minutes more. 

Shirley, it sounds like you had the royal runaround with Cox.  I hope things will be fixed by Monday. Sure sorry to hear of your woes with the refrigerator.  I am shocked that it would take a week to get a new refrigerator. 

Lloyd, once the software is updated, which it will be from time to time, it won't be set back to what it was. 

Phyllis, glad you have a heat source if you lose power.  Unfortunately we do not have that as our fireplace is just for looks and is electric and there is no heat from it at all.  It wouldn't work anyway if we lose power.  I do have a kerosene heater in the attic but would hate to use it in the house.  Our concern here during the winter is ice and not snow. 

Jane, I hope you are able to get your Christmas shopping completed today.


Good morning, again, to Jane and Larry.   

Jane, I am anxious  to taste the soup to see if it is like what I had at Paneras.  I already had the squash cut up in the freezer, so it wasn't hard to put it together.   I even bought a new Immersion blender to be able to puree it, without having to transfer it into a blender.  The Immersion blender I had had for a long time was broke.  It isn't an appliance that you use a lot, but it sure does come in handy at times. 

Enjoy your trip to the mall.  I was hoping to go up to the Amish market in Shrewsbury, but my DIL asked if I could go next week instead.  That will work out ok.  Just like a few things that I can get there.  The bakery place there, which I can't remember the name, has lots of bulk spices and mixes and things like that that I like to get. Plus good bakery things. I know there is one up near Lancaster, also.

Larry, hope you will have a good restful day.  Glad that you are feeling better.

And, Shirley, so sorry about your fridge "dying".  Sure hope you won't have to wait  too long for a new one. 

Have a good rest of the day.


Mary Ann

Good morning, everyone.  I think we had a dusting of snow overnight and radar shows we should not get more - at least for today.

Larry, I've been listening to Christmas music too.  If I keep the sound low enough, I don't hear the screeching of modern singers.  We didn't have many radio stations either and one was split between two call letters - WASH and WOOD.  We still have WOOD, both radio and TV.  I used to listen to Don Mc Neil's Breakfast Club too.  I listened to Arthur Godfrey too.

Since I've been here (37 years), I've replaced all of my appliances, the refrigerator twice and I bought the replacements at Lowe's, who are just down the avenue from me, maybe a couple of miles.  I had delivery on everything the following day.  Even when I worked in an appliance department, if a customer bought something by a certain time (maybe 2 pm?), we could get a refrigerator to them the next day.  Other things might take two days.

Jane, I knew who you mean when you wrote about appliance service; you are fortunate to have a son in the business.  Helps with service too.  That is one thing I miss today.  My appliance department was part of the electric utility and we also had an appliance repair department.  We even had a small appliance repair and we sold light bulbs.  The utility hasn't sold appliances since 1973 and current dealers don't have the service we, or even they, used to provide.  "Them days is gone forever!"

I think I've shot my wad this morning.  Maybe see you later.  I have Christmas preparations to take care of.

Mary Ann


I'm home and I got everything I needed to finish up the boxes for sending.  I still have two items to look for but I think I can find them in town. 

I'm just finishing my lunch and the doggies are out for the third time since I got home.  When they come in, I'M FINISHING THE BOXES AND TAPING THEM SHUT AND MONDAY THEY GO TO THE POST OFFICE.

Later, gators!  Enjoy your day!

JOY!  Is the soup ready yet?

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